Wonderful character development!
If you don't like this, we can't be friends.
Unshakable, witty and deeply felt, the film will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.
The best films of this genre always show a path and provide a takeaway for being a better person.
I thought it will be beautiful romantic movie that glorifies life, but at the end, euthanasia happens. Beautiful, romantic euthanasia in Switzerland (cynically)
I wrote this from my point of view; I spent 9 months helping people with tetra and paraplegia, people that embrace life.
In any love movie, there has to be a tragic event happen but soon be resolved by the "prince" or man of the entire story. In many cases, romantic films have someone who is disabled and ends up falling in love with someone. The protagonist tragically has to tell their partner the challenges they have to face and they resolve the problem and live happily ever after. Me Before You is definitely a movie to rewatch because each character has significant traits that compliment the rest of the movie, shifting perspectives and giving a jaw- dropping finish.
Director Thea Sharrock does a phenomenal job in making the personalities of each character very realistic and believable. A cheerful town girl named Louisa Clarke, got fired from her job at a cafe near her home that she has worked at for 6 years and is in desperate need of employment. She then finds the job of caregiving for a 35 year old disabled man and decides to take the opportunity hoping to get the job. Louisa is very happy and outgoing with a very strange sense of style while Will is the complete opposite. When Louisa was introduced to Will, he had already started with a bad impression and gave Louisa a bad vibe making her job difficult. Will, being disabled, has the stereotype that people in wheelchairs are weak and sweet people, considering that they have experienced such a terrible accident. However, Will comes off as rude and offensive, not caring about where his life is going. Louisa has the stereotype that she's calm and nice because she is the caregiver and he is disabled. However, she is very honest and blunt with him which he respects considering that everyone treats him like a baby and is unable to think for himself. For example, she was fixing some frames he had destroyed after he was invited to his ex girlfriend's wedding and he insults her while doing so resulting in her telling him that she does not deserve the treatment everyone else is receiving because she is only trying to do her job as best she can. It is very obviously to see how two completely different personalities collide and how the stereotypes of these certain people are quickly flipped and you get a sense of reality. She changes the idea of these two personalities and makes it seem like something like this would really occur in real life and it is one of the biggest factor in any movie. Viewers always look for how realistic the movie is and if it makes sense and Sharrock did just that.
Sharrock gears the attention towards the disabled man with his point of view to really see how people like him feel about themselves and what they have to go through everyday. Throughout the movie you see how Will feels embarrassed about his situation considering that he needs extra help from other people. Will Traynor had an amazing life before the accident. He was a businessman with many interests in sports, a very active man. Once the road accident occurred, he became his own worst nightmare. He hated himself every minute. When Louisa would want to do something with him, he makes "suggestions" which is really just sarcasm because he wants to be left alone and unbothered. Sharrock really shows how frustrated he gets with himself and it's what ties the audience in. You never see how a disabled person can feel about their lives when no matter how happy or fun your life is for some moment, you still go on every single day hating it.
One of the biggest make or break moments in any movie is how it ends and in this film it is done exceptionally well. When Louisa finds out that Will is planning to end his life in 6 months, she makes a plan to try and change his mind by showing him how his life can be with her. She takes him on a trip and they do many activities together building a romantic relationship. As the trips show how happy they were together you would think that he would change his mind and stay with Louisa because she has clearly shown that she will do anything to be with him no matter the circumstance. However, the last night at their romantic getaway, she admits that she knew about Dignitas, a society that provides assisted suicide, and how his parents only had six months. She begins to talk about how she can make his life better and show him what a great life looks like even if he's paralyzed. The saddening truth was that he knew no matter who it was, no one was going to change his mind. His mind was set and there was no going back. He knew that no matter what came in his way, they would never have to go through what he goes through and never understand what it's like to be in a wheelchair paralyzed from the neck down.
The ending is the sprinkles to the cake. The way the personality traits are set up, Will makes us believe he is having a great time with her on the trips Louisa plans, and soon coming down to keeping his decision the same before and after all the fun had occurred. It all ties together perfectly because in the perspective of a disabled man, you see how he truly feels and everyday he feels like a burden and doesn't want anyone else doing anything for him making it difficult on everyone. The ending wasn't a typical "happily ever after" or a "he fell in love and knows that he can be happy again." Sharrock ends with a completely different twist that will leave you with tears running down your face.
I had never read the book that this film is based on. And yet it seems I should read the book now.
Who would have thought there were so many laughs in a tale of someone paralysed from the neck down? Emilia (Game Of Thrones) Clarke encounters Sam (Hunger Games) Claflin while involved with Matthew (Harry Potter) Lewis in a film which has nothing to do with any of those fantasy franchises!Lou is a tea shop waitress in a small rural English town. On losing her job she applies to become a carer for Will Traynor, paralysed in an accident. She doesn't realise what a moody unpleasant person he is, nor does she realise he is determined to commit assisted suicide at Dignitas in Switzerland. But as feelings start to grow between them, despite their intentions, could it be that Will might change his mind?To be frank, this isn't my sort of film, a feeling which was reinforced within the first 10 minutes as Lou turned out to be unbearably cute, endlessly compassionate towards the quirky old lady patrons of the cafe, possessed of an apparently massive wardrobe of unbelievably eccentric clothing and, to cap it all, convinced that all problems could be solved with a Nice Cup Of Tea. She was a character drawn from the Wacky And Loveable Young Thing box of clichés.And Sam Claflin's immobile moody young man was more credible, but no different in essence: Mr Rochester on wheels.But the two of them turned out to have decent chemistry, and the film turned out to have far more laughs than I expected, so I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did. It used humour to soften the edges of what, in many ways, was a very brutal story. Despite the late Christopher Reeve's sterling efforts in support of stem cell research, there is still currently no coming back from catastrophic spinal cord injuries, something which Lou does not initially realise, and something which lies at the heart of the once athletic Will's decision.Whether the burgeoning love between Will and Lou will be sufficient to overrule his decision is the dramatic focus of the story, and I would not want to spoiler the ending. But I will say that the circumstances and issues of quadriplegia and assisted suicide are presented unflinchingly, and without any moral judgement in either direction.This is an easier, more accessible film than Whose Life Is It Anyway?, the only other film I'm aware of which addresses this issue, but it doesn't draw conclusions any more easily than that film did.After being a bit queasily saccharine to start off with, Emilia Clarke settles in to the role, and both she and Claflin provide an effective emotional heart to the film: Janet McTeer and Charles Dance as Will's parents are also touching. The main location (Pembroke Castle) is gorgeous, and Clarke's wardrobe is (deliberately) awful. There was only one wrong note: I felt mild annoyance at the Traynor family's wealth. The ability to load Will onto a private jet and fly off to the Caribbean added a glib tone which I would have preferred to have been absent. The very end of the film fell into this category, too.Overall, though, this addressed a difficult subject in an entertaining and credible way.